Shade inactive windows in Mac OS X with HazeOver

Apr 3, 2011 - 3 Comments


If you get easily distracted by things sitting around in the background, HazeOver might be for you. It’s a free utility that casts a shadow on all inactive windows, in other words, any window that isn’t in the foreground will be “hazed over.” Windows actually phase in and out of the shadow so it’s a neat effect even if you aren’t using it to minimize distraction and just want some additional eye candy on your Mac.

Oh and if you use multiple monitors on your Mac, it will only cast shadows on your primary display, but the developer is working to fix that bug.

You can download HazeOver for free from the developers site.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Leho Kraav says: does something very similar for apps i.e. fading out all non-active-app windows. I’ve been using it for a couple of months and for me Isolator (or the focus concept it implements) has pretty much cemented itself as part of standard toolset.

  2. Exuberate says:

    I like the idea, but when having apps like inDesign and Photoshop with lots of panels it tends to highlight the panels instead of only document windows. So after a day or it went in the bin…

  3. Loren says:

    I like it but it pegs WindowServer to 20% CPU anytime there is a large transition. Definitely just eyecandy or not for work where you need CPU power.

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